Legendary blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland has died. According to The AP, Bland -- who was nicknamed "The Sinatra of Blues" died Sunday (June 23rd) at his home in Memphis, Tenn. He was 83. Bland's son Rodd Bland confirmed that his dad died due to complications from an ongoing illness. He was surrounding by his family at the time of his death.
Bobby "Blue" Bland was born Robert Calvin Brooks on January 27, 1930, right outside of Tennessee. He started his career singing in gospel groups in the 1940's and eventually joined the Beale Streeters -- a group that also included B.B. King and Johnny Ace. Bland scored his first no.1 r&b hit in 1957 with "Further on Up the Road." Other hits that followed included, "I'll Take Care of You," "Turn on Your Love Light," "Call on Me," and "That's the Way Love Is."
In 1992, Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
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